Victor Wah Chan

November 17, 1940November 1, 2012
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Victor Wah Chan, 71 of Visalia, California passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2012 in Visalia, California surrounded by his loving family.

Victor was born in Visalia, California on November 17, 1940 to David and Shui San Chan. He was raised and educated in Visalia, graduating from Visalia Unified High School (Redwood High School) in 1958 and he attended College of Sequoia for one year. Victor served in the United States Army National Guard for six years. He married Carol Ann Phillips in Reno, Nevada on October 21, 1972. They made their home in Visalia for 40 years. Victor was a longtime business man in Visalia and Farmersville, owning and operating Chan’s Food Center in Farmersville for 57 years. He retired on January 1, 1993. Following retirement, Victor enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing poker and solitaire and spending time at Chukchansi. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren. Victor loved to share his knowledge and teach others. His family remembers his loving and caring ways and what a special husband, father and grandfather he was. Victor will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents, David and Shui San Chan, siblings, May Wong, Grace Tom and Gene Chan.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Carol of Visalia; three sons, Bobby Ragsdale and wife, Kayla, Jason David Chan and Eric Matthew Chan, all of Visalia; three grandchildren, Brandon Ragsdale, Braydon Chan and Colton Chan; his brother, Vincent Chan of Visalia; three sisters, Ruth Lee of Phoenix, AZ, Irene Chan and husband, Hannon of San Mateo, CA, Clara Eng and husband, Wayman of San Jose, CA; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Visitation will be held at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia, California on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 4 – 7 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Tributes and condolences may be made at

Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291 (559)732-8371


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Sharon Sewell-Tilton

September 11, 2013

I'm lost for words. Gosh my heart goes out to Carol and family . I actually met all of the Chans through my grandmother Alice grandmother was a faithful shopper in their grocery store...Vincent, Carol and Victor were very easy to talk too...they ran the best neighborhood store...Victor will be missed...God Bless Carol and Family.
Sharon Sewell-Tilton

November 28, 2012

Vincent, I am very sorry to read of Victor's passing. I now live in Surprise,AZ,
if I were there I would attend the services. If you wish to contact me please call 623-518-2483, If you wish to talk. Again, I'm sorry for your loss.
Jeanie Willis

Darla Mcgill

November 15, 2012

My family lived just a few blocks from chan's market. I was always in the store, and victor always knew you by name and both him and Carol were always very nice. I grew up in chan's. You will be missed.

Betty Lovell McGill

November 12, 2012

Dear Carol & Family:
You guys were always two of my favorite people; both easy to know and love. My prayers and thoughts go out to you during this difficult time.
Love you and send my hugs,

tasha ziegenbein rasilla

November 12, 2012

Victor was a genuine person that touched my life through his kind heart and generousity. My thoughts are with you Carol, Vince and boys.

Dan Sweeney

November 12, 2012

I've known Victor Chan for 60 years. I worked for the Chans 4 to 5 years when going to school and full time during the summer. Victor was a very special friend to me. We worked,hunted,fished,worked on cars,cut wood and laughed together for many years. We always had fun no matter what we were doing. Vic would always find extra worked for me when he knew I needed money to buy parts for my car. We must have waxed the floors at Chans Mkt. at least 100 times. He not only gave me the opportunity to work and make extra money, but would also worked with me, many times until one or two in the morning. I could write a book on Victor Chan and Dan Sweeney's adventures, always fun and always a lot of laughter. Victor was the most loyal and standup friend I ever had and I will truely miss my good friend Victor Chan. Our prayers go out to Carol,Vincent and family.

November 11, 2012

I am 49 grew up in Ca. He made many good childhood memories he was always kind and funny to me ! I wish I REMEBER the whole family Much love and peace Lupe Sweeden (Reynosa )

Ruben Macareno

November 10, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the Chan family. Victor was a great guy, treated everyone with respect and kindness. One of a kind.

Maria V. Chavez

November 10, 2012

Mrs. Chan~
I was very sorry to hear of your husband's passing. We met while my brother Al was in the hospital. Thank you for your condolences and in return you have ours along with our best wishes for you . With Love, Albert Velasquez's Big Sis.

Connie Keener

November 9, 2012

Carol and Vincent I just heard the news about Victor's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss and pray that you all are doing well. I will never forget the great times I had working with all of you at Chan's Food Center.

God Bless You All,